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The first Catholic Parish on the Gulf coast was established at Mobile in 1703, one year after the founding of Mobile. In 1704, Father Henri Roulleaux De la Vente was canonically installed as the first pastor of the Church of Fort Louis de la Louisiane (Mobile). When the City of Mobile was relocated to its present site in 1711, the Parish Church was rebuilt on the West side of Royal street just North of Conti Street, under the patronage of Our Lady of Mobile. It was in 1781, in Mobile's Spanish period, that the parish received its present title “Church of the Immaculate Conception.”

When bishop Michael Portier became the First Bishop of Mobile in 1829, he set out to build a Cathedral befitting the name.

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The following Masses and liturgies will be livestreamed
from the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception:

Palm Sunday, April 5, 8 a.m.
Chrism Mass, Tuesday, April 7, 11 a.m.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Thursday, April 9, 5 p.m.
Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, Friday, April 10, 3 p.m.
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 12, 8 a.m.

You can watch live on www.facebook.com/thecatholicweek
as well as anytime later that same day.

Confessions continue to be heard Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. and Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., now on the portico of the Cathedral, Dauphin Street side.  A screen is provided both for anonymity/privacy and social distancing. 

Prayer for Spiritual Reception of Holy Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for an end to the covid-19 pandemic and especially for those affected by illness and their caregivers, those facing unemployment and other financial difficulties and all others particularly in need of prayer at this difficult time. 

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